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Old 08-24-08, 06:29 AM   #1
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Hello from Houston

My name is Darryl. I bought a urban hybrid bike called the Marin Muirwoods this past Thursday. I had a similar bike 4 or 5 years ago, but it was stolen. I rode my bike to the bus stop Friday, and took it to work with me via the bus rack on the Metro Houston bus.

I work in a dmv office, and one of the Troopers let me lock it up in a storage room. I don't want to wear out my welcome to that arrangement, therefore I am looking for a good chain lock, and/or a U lock. Soon as i get all that straightened out, I look forward to commuting to work via the bus and my bike. I plan to park my small pick up and give it a rest. Who knows? I may even ride the bike all the way to work. Traffic scares me though.

One note: I was riding back to the bus stop from work and I noticed a stream of water from a busted water main. The stream was a few inches deep. I tried to ride through the shallow part of all that and ened up having the bike slip from under me! No cars were around, except one that was a block or so behind me. Boy did they get a visual. Bottom line, I need to get used to how that bike handles. I've never owned a bike of this quality before. The disc brakes on the bike are very responsive. Except for my pride I wasn't hurt. Neither was the bike. I plan to go riding somemore today, maybe at a park. Looking forward to participating and learning on and in this forum.

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Old 08-24-08, 07:51 AM   #2
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Guess you learned Not to ride into water that you can't see the bottom of.
Might have been a large hole under there.
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Good to see another Houstonian on board. Time on the bike in traffic situations will lessen the fear of riding in traffic, but never that scared feeling go completely away...it keeps you on the alert.
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You do get used to traffic eventually, but it's good to always keep an eye on the traffic. A mirror on the bike or your helmet can help considerably.

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Old 08-26-08, 04:39 AM   #5
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Actually I could see the bottom of the water. It was a few inches of clear city water. i may have applied the fron brakes which caused the slip and fall. Bottom line i need to ride the bike more and get used to how it handles.

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